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Quaker Chemical Corp (NYSE:KWR) was in 12 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2015. KWR has seen an increase in enthusiasm from smart money lately. There were 9 hedge funds in our database with KWR positions at the end of the previous quarter. The level and the change in hedge fund popularity aren’t the only variables you need to analyze to decipher hedge funds’ perspectives. A stock may witness a boost in popularity, but it may still be less popular than similarly priced stocks. That’s why at the end of this article we will examine companies such as Petrobras Argentina SA ADR (NYSE:PZE), Bottomline Technologies (NASDAQ:EPAY), and Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings Inc (NYSE:AJRD) to gather more data points.
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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to view the new action encompassing Quaker Chemical Corp (NYSE:KWR).
How have hedgies been trading Quaker Chemical Corp (NYSE:KWR)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 12 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of 33% from the previous quarter. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes significantly (or already accumulated large positions).
According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates has the largest position in Quaker Chemical Corp (NYSE:KWR), worth close to $82 million, corresponding to 0.4% of its total 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Renaissance Technologies, which holds a $12.8 million position; less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Other peers that are bullish contain Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, Chao Ku’s Nine Chapters Capital Management and Roger Ibbotson’s Zebra Capital Management.